Community-based monitoring efforts in Alaska’s Kenai River
Thank you for your interest in assisting with our marine mammal monitoring efforts. Marine mammals are an important part of the Cook Inlet ecosystem and monitoring for these species provides scientists and local communities with valuable information regarding their distribution, behavior, and habitat use. Furthermore, documenting marine mammal and human interactions can shed light on the various stressors that marine mammals may encounter throughout their range. If collected systematically, your observations provide valuable biological reference points that can inform marine mammal science and conservation efforts in this region.
This monitoring effort is part of a project to assess the historic and current distribution of marine mammals in and around the Kenai River. Project monitoring began in March 2018 and will continue through May 2018 or longer, depending on participant interest.
The results of these community-based monitoring efforts will be entered into a database and analyzed over the summer. Results will be shared with scientists that study these species, as well as, the federal agencies responsible for marine mammal management and the public.
Please contact us to learn more and get involved.
Photo: Mendar Bouchali